August 20, 2014

Evil Infects All of History: James Foley was Murdered because He Represented Goodness

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson

The brutal murder of journalist, James Foley, had nothing to do with James Foley.  It had to do with the fact that the man represented Goodness.  Satan, in complete charge of his conquered souls, has had them inflicting horror and terror and barbaric acts of murder and cruelty on, not only men, but on women and children as well.  This evil has been with us since time immemorial.  Let us travel back a mere 71 years and meet a sweet and kindly lady by the name of Sister Maria Restituta.

May 1, 1894, was a happy day for Anton and Marie Kafka.  Marie had just given birth to her sixth child and mom and her daughter were doing fine.  The proud parents named their new baby, Helena.  Devout Catholics, Anton and Marie had Helena baptized  into the faith thirteen days later at the parish of The Church of the Assumption, in the town oh Husovice in Austria.   Due to financial circumstances, Anton was forced to move his family to the big city of Vienna.  Helena was barely two and she and her siblings would remain in Vienna where they would all grow up.

Helena was a good student and worked hard.  She received her First Holy Communion in May of 1905 in St. Brigitta Church and was confirmed in the same church one year later.  After eight years of school she spent another year in housekeeping  school and by the age of 15 was working as a servant, a cook and learning to be a nurse.  She became an assistant nurse at Lainz City Hospital in 1913.  This was when Helena  first had contact with the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.  She immediately felt the call to become a Sister herself.  On April 25, 1914, Helena Kafka, joined the Franciscan Sisters and on October 23, 1915, she became Sister Maria Restituta.  One year later she made her final vows and began working solely as a nurse.

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Blessed Maria Restituta
When World War I  ended, Sister Maria  was lead surgical nurse at Modling Hospital in Vienna.  She and all other Austrians had never heard of Adolf Hitler and could never have imagined that one day their beloved nation would be annexed into the German Republic because of this man.  On March 12, 1938, a successful coup d'etat by the Austrian Nazi party took place and the Nazis, under the now feared, Adolf Hitler, took control of the once proud Austrian nation.  Things would never be the same.

Sister Restituta was very outspoken in her opposition to the Nazi regime. When a new wing to the hospital was built Sister hung a Crucifix in each of the new bedrooms.  The Nazis demanded that they be removed telling Sister Maria that she would be dismissed if she did not comply.  She adamantly refused and the Crucifixes remained on the walls.  One of the doctors on staff, himself a fanatical Nazi, would have  none of it.  He denounced her to the Nazi Party and, on Ash Wednesday,  1942, she was arrested by the Gestapo as she exited the operating room.  The "charges" against her included   "hanging crucifixes and writing a poem that mocked Hitler".

Sister Maria Restituta, the former Helena Kafka, loved her Catholic faith and, filled with the Holy Spirit, wanted to do nothing more than to serve the sick.  The Nazis promptly sentenced her to death by guillotine for "favouring the enemy and conspiracy to commit high treason".  The Nazis offered her freedom if she would abandon the Franciscans she loved so much.  She refused.

An appeal for clemency went as far as the desk of Martin Bormann, Hitler's personal secretary and Nazi Party Chancellor.  His response was that her execution "would provide effective intimidation for others who might want to resist the Nazis".  Sister Maria Restituta spent her final days in prison caring for the sick.  Because of her love of the Crucifix and for the Person who was nailed to it and died hanging on it,  Sister Maria was sent to the guillotine and was beheaded on March 30, 1943.  She was 48 years old.

Pope John Paul II visited Vienna on June 21, 1998.  That was the day that Helena Kafka, the girl who started off in housekeeping school and became a servant and then went on to be a nurse in the Franciscan Sisters of Charity, was beatified by the Pope and became Blessed Maria Restituta. She had learned how to serve extremely well, always serving others before herself.

Let us ask Blessed Maria that she pray for the repose of the soul of James Foley who was murdered by the forces of evil because he, too, represented Goodness.  We ask her to remember his family and friends as they deal with this terrible abomination done to their loved one.  We also ask Blessed Maria and all the saints to pray for us all.
                                                                                                             

August 16, 2014

Hey Atheists--Why Can't You Leave Us Deists Alone?

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson

The FFRF (a snappy little acronym for the "Freedom From Religion Foundation") was in the news again.  Their latest inane protest demanding the U.S. Navy  get rid of all Bibles at guest hotels  had been granted.  NEXCOM (a pronounceable acronym for "Navy Exchange Service Command") decided in favor of FFRF and agreed to remove Bibles from 34 Navy locations and 24,000 Navy Gateway Inns and Suites guest rooms on Navy bases around the world.  Hey man, they did not even have to go to court and argue before a judge.  No sir, the Navy just agreed to it.  That was in June.  Ah, but hope triumphed and a wee bit of good old-fashioned American common sense finally prevailed.  The United States Navy has ordered the return of all Bibles to the hotel rooms.  This is just one example of FFRF's intrusiveness into the lives and practices of the millions of Americans who believe in God.  Whatever is their problem?

I am so bewildered with this atheist thing.  Okay, you want to be an atheist, knock yourself out.  Sit under a tree and caress a falling leaf.  That is your American right.  Just remember, we deists do not care.  I can guarantee you that we will not try to stop you from snuggling and  honoring your fallen leaf.  But--why do you CARE that there are billions of your fellow human beings who do  believe in God?  If you do not believe in God can't you just be happy leaving us alone?  Oh, I see, you are offended?   Well, if that is the case, it is time you got over it. Grow up and thank the God you do not believe in for the very freedom that allows you to mock, belittle, disparage and continually tear down the rest of us.  

 Look my friend(s), you are hypocrites and do not even know it.  You live in a country that gives ALL of us the FREEDOM to worship God.  If you have a problem understanding this, let me explain:  freedom does, in fact, include all of us deists.  Amendement One says,  'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or PROHIBITING the free exercise thereof."  Therefore, it follows, that you guys want to use your freedom to PROHIBIT us God believers from enjoying our freedom to believe.  That, my atheist, nontheist friends, makes you all  hypocrites.  And you call yourselves, "Freethinkers".  Well, may I please ask, are not the rest of us allowed to think freely or have YOU decided that we should not enjoy that freedom?

How would you like it if there was a group called "You Must Accept Christianity" or YMAC.   In their zealousness to save all souls they decided that all atheists must be baptized in the Potomac River.  They go to court and quote George Washington who said, "The adoption of the Constitution will demonstrate as visibly the finger of  PROVIDENCE as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate."  Incidentally,  the word PROVIDENCE, has often been used as the "name of God".

Okay, now what if they found a judge who ruled that Washington's quote proves that the US Constitution is indeed, founded with belief in God as a basis.  Then the same judge  rules it is illegal to NOT worship God on Sundays.  How would that work out for you?   Are you not doing exactly that but in reverse?  Are you not weakening the Constitution that was put in place by men who strove so hard to protect the Americans of the future?   If you lived in Iran, China, North Korea, and so many other places you could NEVER get away with protesting the way you and so many others do in America.  Why in the name of all that is GOOD, do you want to strip that freedom away from others?

I shall finish with this.  The United States of America  is still the most formidable bastion of freedom on this planet.  You are weakening this nation with your silly and preposterous  attacks on those who hold a different belief system than you do.  I wish you all would step back and think about what you are really doing when you try to strip the rights of those you disagree with away from them.  You are promulgating government sponsored atheism. By the way,  China leads the world in having the most atheists.  They have almost a 50% atheist population.  The United States only has a 5%-9% atheist population.  Something you all might think about because if you get so overly offended by all of America's religions you do have options.

August 12, 2014

Meet Little "Christy": She was Murdered by Satan's "Mad Dogs"

WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS (RAW) - ISIS begins killing Christians in Mosul, CHILDREN BEHEADED
NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE THIS
IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson

The picture to the right is beyond description.  It may be the most depraved picture I have ever seen.  Yes, that is a baby, maybe  12 to 14 months old.  Yes, the "mad dogs" who were about to kill her took the photo before doing so.  They wanted to use it to instill fear in others they also hate.  So they posted it wherever they could.  For me the picture is absolutely haunting  because it seems you can actually sense a desperate pleading spread over the innocent face of this beautiful child.

I do not not know her name but, since she was a Christian child,  I have named her Christy.  Satan, using the blackened souls in his possession, had Christy murdered.  The depraved savages doing his heinous bidding  made that choice.  They did not have to but they did.  They embraced Satan and allowed him to turn their souls into nothing more than excrement.  They actually  laughed as they murdered little Christy. Yes, they laughed.  Christy probably was just aching to be held by her mom who had already been killed.  (I wish that I could reach into that photo and yank her little body out of there, give her a bottle, a hug, wrap her in a blanket and bring her to her mom.)  Damn!

We Americans are so blessed to be citizens of the greatest country there ever was.  We are a unique nation, a nation comprised of  people from all other nations.  We are the true "melting pot" and because of our diversity we are connected to each other.  We have many freedoms, freedoms that are based on a Natural Law which is derived from our Judeo-Christian foundation.  Our natural resources are  abundant and our soil is dark and rich and provides food not only for us but for millions around the world.  We are, as President Reagan said, "that shining city on the hill".  (There are those that think not but, indeed we are.)

Along with that lofty place on the world stage and having been blessed with so many natural resources and freedoms comes a responsibility.  This responsibility is for the less fortunate around the world.   We have an obligation to the persecuted and downtrodden, to the hungry and the poor, to the sick and elderly, to the children and their future---to babies like Christy.  "God shed His Light on Thee and Crown Thy Good with Brotherhood".  How often have we all sung those words?  How often we have left rivers of our American  blood and priceless American treasure behind while being "brotherly"?  In our own imperfect way we have tried, over and over and over and we should be proud of our efforts.

Through wars and hurricanes and tsunamis and earthquakes and plagues, we Americans have always been ready to help whether it be with food, water, medicine, clothing, money and whatever else, including soldiers, that was needed.  We ALWAYS tried to "Crown His Good with Brotherhood".  That is because we Americans are connected to each other and that connection goes further than "from sea to shining sea".  It moves onward across the oceans like giant tentacles reaching out and latching  onto people all over the world.  This included Christy and I guarantee you that somehow we are linked  to that child.

If I sound a bit like a "pollyanna" I do not care.  I know that it seems that our country has lost some of the respect we had and has been diminished in the eyes of some folks around the world.  Some of our own leaders have belittled our greatness.  No matter, God has shed His Light on us even though some are spitting in His benevolent Face.  But nothing has changed. We Americans still have the greatest country with the most plentiful resources and abundant crops. We still have our great freedoms although slowly some have been infringed upon.  Having been blessed with these gifts it follows that we still have the responsibility to be a 'big brother" to our less fortunate and weaker family members.                    

The "mad dogs" who murdered  baby Christy want to murder each and every one of us too.  As distasteful as it may seem we must always do our best to "Crown His Good with Brotherhood".  We cannot protect and/or save the world but when vicious barbarians with 7th century brains and 21st century equipment start murdering (in the most brutal ways)  men, women, children and babies and these desperate folks plead for the USA to help them, we must.  That is also part of our Manifest Destiny and we cannot ignore it.  It is time we  showed our muscle, acted like a big-brother and  helped smash those cowards to smithereens, using whatever means are necessary to achieve that end.  If Christy has a brother or sister  they need us NOW.
  

August 8, 2014

Depravity in Oklahoma---The Ultimate Denigration of Catholicism: The "black mass"

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson

We Catholics have a prayer which we recite and it is directed to St. Michael the Archangel.  Pope Leo XIII wrote this prayer back in 1886 and it was recited virtually every day at all Low Masses from that time until the late 1960s.  Then the  Vatican II reforms began to be implemented and the prayer was more or less discontinued although it was still recited at different liturgical functions.  St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI both encouraged  more recitation of this prayer and it is once again being recited more frequently  in many Catholic Churches.  Here is the prayer:

St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander around the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Why do we have such a prayer.  Many people do not even believe  in Satan or "evil spirits". Many folks, including some Catholics, do not even believe in a place called "Hell".  However, many people do and that includes those who "worship"  Hell's leader, Satan  (he has other names too).  The Catholic Church declares that both Heaven and Hell do exist.  In fact, both places are mentioned in our profession of faith which is recited at Mass.

The point of all this is that the Mass, the most beautiful thing this side of heaven, is the very life, death and resurrection of Christ Himself.  Christ instituted and offered the First Mass on the First Holy Thursday at His Last Supper.  The Mass, with the ordained priest standing in Christ's place,  has allowed  Christ's redemptive victory to continue and  take place at every moment of every day somewhere on this planet ever since.  May I please ask, is there something wrong with that?  If you do not believe it or understand it, why do you care?  How can such a  beautiful thing about Love and Forgiveness offend you?

This magnificent gift that we Catholics embrace as Heaven sent  is going to be denigrated by Satanists who want to hold a "black mass" at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall on September 21.  (What is a "black mass"?  You can click on the link for detailed info.)  This abomination about to take place is nothing new.  Hatred for Christ and His Christian followers has been going on for centuries.  To prove that point, look what is happening at this very moment in the Middle East.  What is being done to our brother and sister Christians is horrendous and fills the definition of "crimes against humanity".

So,  I must ask another question,  "Are you American Christian haters happy about Christian genocide?  Do you like what ISIS is doing to thousands of men, women and children?  Do you approve of what Hitler and his evil followers did to millions?  Why do you people want to mock us?   What do you get out of it?  You have even managed to get your hands on a "consecrated host" and supposedly have a convicted sex offender ready to do the honor of desecrating it.  Do you really hate us and what we believe so much?"

As far as I am concerned, you few people who have this twisted need to spit in the faces of well over one billion of us Catholics by dishonoring and desecrating the worship we hold so dear to our hearts, are reprehensible.  You have polluted your God given minds with Satan's droppings.  I feel sorry for you.  However, I do have a bit of good news for all of you self-serving misanthropists.  We Catholics will be praying for you and we will be praying the very prayer that appears in this column.  In fact, millions of us will be doing so on Sunday, September 21.

Finally,  If you happen to hear an unusual knock  as your sex-pervert begins his desecration of our Blessed Lord, you might pay attention to it.   You have kidnapped  our Savior and  He is there  under the appearances of a small round piece of unleavened bread.  St. Michael will be the one knocking.  You still will have a chance to stop your nonsense.  God is Love and will always be ready to embrace you.  But that is your choice.  If you do not, you will NEVER get past St. Michael the Archangel and then,  God help you all.

August 4, 2014

"The Scandal that is a "Shameful Silence"


IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson                                                         

"Silence in the face of evil is evil itself."   Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran theologian in Germany during the reign of Adolf Hitler.  His book, "The Cost of Discipleship", has become a classic.  Focusing on the "Sermon on the Mount", the book more or less spelled out what  Bonhoeffer thought was the true way to follow Christ.  In addition to his theological writings and teaching, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a staunch, anti Nazi dissident.  He spoke out vigorously against Hitler's euthanasia and genocidal persecution of the Jews and, in so doing,  became a hated enemy of the Third Reich. As such, he was arrested in April 1943 and on April 9, 1945 was hanged, accused of  the ambiguous crime of "plotting against the Nazis".

We move ahead 69 years to 2014.  The following is a statement from His Grace, Bishop Suriel of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Diocese of  Melbourne:
"The world watches in silence as the last Christians are expelled from Mosul, Iraq, in one of the most merciless and barbaric acts of genocide we have seen in the 21st  Century."

We are absolutely fascinating creatures, we humans are.  Many of our species can be so kind and compassionate, loving and gentle, sweet and understanding.  Many people will save a tiny bird with an injured wing or a cat stuck up in a tree.  They will send money to perfect strangers to help them through a crisis.  They will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and give drink to the thirsty.
Then you flip the coin over and you have many of the very same species who are filled with a self-gratification which culminates in a hate and disdain for others of their own kind.  These include those who will torture and kill their fellow humans  for the most obtuse reasons such as:  religion, skin color, birthplace,  political beliefs or whatever other self-serving reason a murderer may come up with.  Many kill and torture saying they were "only following orders" and had no choice. Others kill because of pride fueled by envy and greed.

So I ask why?  Why are we, all of the same species, so different in our hearts?  How can some of us kill and others forgive them for doing so?   Why do some of us willingly and joyfully give of ourselves for people we may not even know?  Why do some of us  hate others they may not even know?  Why are there those that love their fellow human being unconditionally?  The answer has to be because of the very existence of "good vs evil".  What is "Good vs Evil"?  I can tell you what it is and I do not care if you disagree. It  is the war waged by Satan and those that follow him against  the God of Love that created him and all of his followers.  If you take a breath and look at the world of today and then glance back at yesterday and the centuries before, what has changed in the hearts of man?

Mosul,  the very cradle of Christianity, can trace the followers of Jesus back to the first century.  As of today it seems that the entire Christian population of Mosul has been purged from this ancient and historic city.  Murder, including beheading of  civilians and the wanton murder of women and children has virtually eradicated the city's Christians.  And what do we see and hear from the print and broadcast media?  We hear the sound of nothing. We hear the sound of a "Shameful  Silence" that reverberates throughout the very souls of all the people vanquished because they were Christians.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it, "Silence in the face of evil is evil itself."  He was hanged by the Nazis for his "crimes" over 70 years ago.  What has changed? The press was quiet then as the Nazis purged the world of the "hated Jew".  Most of the main stream media (print and broadcast) is quiet now as the Islamists purge the world of the "hated Christian".  The Shameful Silence is a disgrace.  Nothing has changed, nothing at all.

July 30, 2014

The Great Enigma in Our Society--Gender Dysphoria (Gender Identity Disorder)

IT  MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson

On June 21, the President of the United States once again bypassed  the Congress of the United States and signed an executive order barring federal contractors (including faith based agencies) from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Here was my problem with this:  I have no understanding of  what "gender identity" is.  I mean, how can a guy think he is a girl or a girl  think she is a guy?  Deep down inside me I knew there had to be  much more to this phenomenon than a simple choice of lifestyle preference?  But it was so bizarre to me I just could not handle it.  Some folks might call that "denial".  Maybe it was.

I am a Catholic man who tries to stay true to his faith and not pass judgment on others, (especially those whose behavioral lifestyle I do NOT fathom).  The truth is I have personally avoided this topic because it just always seemed so "out there" to me.   After all, I am a man and I know it.  My wife is a woman and she knows it.  All the men I know and have known knew they were men.  Same for the women. How can you NOT know what you are?  The worst part was it was being politicized.   That was deplorable.  So what kind of ambiguous term is "gender identity"?  What does it mean?     Finally, I kicked  the strange fear of confronting this subject to the curb and I decided I should look into it.

 It did not take me long to realize that I truly had kept my head in the sand when it came to this subject.   In so doing I had failed myself.  I have now come to realize that among the great enigmas in our society today is the paradoxical condition known as Gender Dysphoria (aka: Gender Identity Disorder).  This is real and this is a fact of life and it has existed for a long, long time.  I have also come to learn that this is  a  medical "disorder" and not simply a "lifestyle" choice.  I also admit that I am a bit ashamed I never had the guts to confront the subject.

 Evidence shows that besides psychological and behavioral causes, biological ones (genetics) play an important part in a person having this condition.  A person who is born with Gender Identity Disorder has a very high mountain to climb.  They live in a society that, for the most part, looks at their condition as nothing more than a perverse lifestyle choice.  I cannot imagine a person having to live every day pretending to be a gender they  knew they were not.  The alternative for them would be to live the way they knew they really were and be treated as one of society's aberrations constantly facing rejection and derision .  I now understand the desire for hormonal treatments and  transgender surgery.   I also understand that these people need our compassion and understanding.  But, like it or not, this Great Enigma brings forth the other side of the story.

President Obama's executive order seems to place "gay rights" above all other rights, including religious rights as set forth in our Constitution.   In 1994 the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was proposed by Sen. Ted Kennedy and Rep. Gerry Studds of Massachusetts.  It has been proposed in ten sessions of Congress and has never passed.  Obama's order is his way of passing his own ENDA.  It provides no protection for religious groups even though civil-rights laws recognize these rights.  The laws have recognized that religious employers have the right to hire people who share their faith and moral standards.   ENDA proposals exempted these groups.  Not anymore.

The president's order has bypassed all of this and permits federal agencies to cancel contracts with "noncompliant" employers including faith based agencies who can also be 'blacklisted" from future contracts. This will effectively shut down many faith based agencies.  Look at how Catholic Charities has already been declared "unfit" to place children for adoption in Washington, Boston, San Francisco and the State of Illinois.  I believe that the executive order of July 21, 2014 will usher in a new wave of religious intolerance and persecution the like of which has never been seen in the United States of America.  The people who suffer from Gender Dysphoria are simply pawns in a quagmire of ideology.  Theirs is not so much a sexual problem as it is a correctable medical problem.  They deserve better from all of us, especially from a president who uses their condition to advance his own agenda.

July 25, 2014

The Genocide Continues--but Without the Music

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson

The pages of history are littered with the evil purveyors of death by genocide.  But the Nazis have to be awarded Satan's Black Medal of Evil.  They managed to accomplish the three Ps all at the same time: proficiency, productivity and performance.  Yup, no one has ever killed so many innocents with the efficiency of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

These disciples of all that is evil, even fine-tuned the process to a point where they had orchestras playing music as the doomed were "merrily" paraded to their deaths.   The irony was that the Nazis had silenced Jewish musicians throughout Germany and their occupied countries.  Then some of the upper echelon "death designers",  in their ongoing quest to speed up and expedite the extermination process, decided to add beautiful music to the blood curdling screams coming from those about to die.  So they began rounding up the silenced musicians, gathered up confiscated instruments (including many grand pianos) and distributed them to death camps.  The orders were for the commanders of these camps to put together an orchestra and have them play music for the prisoners as they departed the death trains and as they were marched to their deaths.

Imagine the utter callousness of the conquerors.  They decided to use orchestras to drown out the anguished cries coming from the camps.  The prisoners dubbed this practice, "Symphonia Diabolica" or the "Devil's Symphony".  At the Janowska concentration camp located near Ukraine, SS officer Wilhelm Rokita, a former violinist, ordered the inmate orchestra to compose something a bit more "lively" than the standard classical fare. They came up with a little ditty called, "Tango fun toyt" or "Tango of  Death".  This piece had some 'bounce" to it and it encouraged the condemned to "move more quickly" as they were herded to their executions.  This is hard to even imagine but it happened and was orchestrated by folks who not long before were, for the most part,  regular, hardworking, family types who seemingly would not hurt anyone or anything.  It is proof that we must never, ever underestimate the power and influence of evil.

That was then and this is now.  What has changed?  The genocide continues---but without the music.  As we sit and move through our day Christians and Jews are the targets of the the forces of the Evil One.  I do not mean to minimize what is happening in Gaza but there is an  intentional massacre and elimination of Christians and Christianity taking place in Iraq and other places.  One third of Iraq has already been conquered by Islamist radicals who have declared the territory a new Caliphate.  This means that this is now a Muslim nation under Sharia Law and the Constitution of Medina.  There is NO place for Christianity in this place.  The entire nation of Iraq is targeted for complete  takeover.

There are no up to date numbers as to how many Catholics and non-Catholic Christians have been executed.  All Christians have been ordered to convert to Islam or leave the city immediately, leaving their belongings behind.  Penalty for non-compliance is  immediate death.  The Islamist maniacs and butchers have no concentration camps and there is definitely no music being played.  These evil-doers simply kill you and they actually seem to get "joy" from lopping off the head of an "infidel".  Where is the world's outrage?

There were supposedly one million plus Christians in Iraq before 2003.  The last number (before the US completely pulled out) was 400, 000.  There are unconfirmed reports from Mosul that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 will have to go for immediate "circumcision".  What kind of medieval, barbaric behavior is this.  Why aren't the women's organizations screaming about this?   Why isn't our mainstream media reporting it?  Why hasn't our administration  engaged with this?  American dead from the Iraq war comes to 4800.  Almost 32,000 Americans were wounded.  We stabilized that nation and now it is being stolen away by lunatics.  Doesn't anyone give a damn?  We are not only watching the annihilation of Christianity in the mid-east but Christianity is under attack all over the world.

Violence against Christians has become a global epidemic.  From North Korea, to Syria, to Iraq, and Libya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan,  Iran, and most of  sub-Saharan Africa, Christians are being tortured and killed.  In Europe they are being slowly but surely minimized on their way to the secular and Islamist goal of eradication.

Right here, in the United States of America, the land of the "free", Christianity is being portrayed as indifferent and intolerant because it stands its ground against the forces of secularism.  There are Americans who want to purge it from the public square, this in a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles.   We have those who are offended by a cross and go to court to have it removed.  They must not have a clue as to how they are chipping away at the very foundation of the greatest nation ever to exist.

They might want to consider that the Islamist radicals want them dead too.  They hate them as much as they hate any Christian simply because they are American.  They hate anyone that doesn't defer to their religious fanaticism.  If they ever manage to come here they will not be playing music.  It is time for everyone to pray.
                                                                                             

July 22, 2014

Egotistical Madness is Exterminating "Common Sense"

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson



How many times have you heard someone use the phrase, "It's only common sense", or "It's just common sense"? I know for sure I have heard it and used it countless times throughout my entire life.  So, where does "common sense" come from?  What is it?  Why do we have it to begin with? 
The definition of "Common Sense" as per Dictionary.com  is as follows: 
common sense
noun
"sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like;
normal native intelligence." 
The definition neatly encapsulates what common sense is.  But it certainly does not tell us where it came from or why we have it and, most importantly, why we NEED it.  What is painfully obvious is that in today's society the natural and inherent ability for people to turn to their own "common sense" when necessary is being systematically destroyed by several factors: political correctness, an improbable fear of "what might happen" and plain old ideological intransigence that foments hatred and intolerance toward anyone that might disagree.  All of these things fall under the perverse banner of "Zero Tolerance".  It has led to what I call, "Egotistical Madness".

There is a natural progression of order in the world we live in.  At least there used to be. The Founding Fathers understood that people were "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" and that these rights had to be protected under a rule of law which conformed to and was in harmony with a Natural Law.  This Natural Law was a by-product of an even higher law, an Eternal Law, which is part of God Himself.  Our nation was founded by men who had their core beliefs embedded in their faith in God. The Declaration of Independence shouts this out with words in its very first paragraph when it says that the people should receive "to which the Laws of Nature and Nature's God entitle them."  And if, in fact, Natural Law is a by-product of Eternal Law it follows that "common-sense" is a by-product of Natural Law. 

The United States of America was founded and had placed as its foundation by the Founders, Judeo-Christian principles. These great men knew that they were part of the progression from their Creator. He was the Eternal law and He is the only one with a complete understanding of it. They were his tools to initiate and put in place the rules that would protect Natural Law.  Natural Law follows and includes the belief that man is capable of reason and knows inherently right from wrong. He also has a free will and can decide to accept or reject that which he knows is right or wrong.  The Founders also knew that such things as the Bible, The Torah, and the Ten Commandments were put in place by God to help guide us on our life's journey.  Ultimately, that God-given gift to us of reason and free included  "common sense". 


There is a war being waged against Christianity, especially Catholic Christians.  Christ never said it would be an easy road when following Him. History is littered with the deaths, torture, abuse and hatred toward all those who have followed the true Man of Peace and those horrors continue to this very day.  But we had the United States of America, the beacon of hope, the place where the "tired, the poor, the homeless, the tempest tossed, and anyone who wanted freedom could come and worship God and say what they wanted to say and live where they decided to live. We Americans even had a Constitution that protected these rights that were inspired by Natural Law. 

What has happened to the USA?  It seems to me that destruction was started in reverse---by trashing "common sense".  The rest of the world knew what the USA stood for. Whether it was out of fear or respect, Christianity thrived, not just in America but in many other places around the world because those who despised us knew it would be too heavy a price to pay to go up against the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave".  America always protected their friends.  But from inside, from our own people, the subtle attacks began.  Common sense began to be cast to the wind and Zero Tolerance took hold.  

The word "Christmas" was attacked as offensive.  "Easter vacation" became "spring break",  people at work were told to remove crosses or any type of religious items from their desks.  Last year in Connecticut, 998 children under six years old were "suspended" from school for bad behavior. A six year old boy in Denver was suspended because he 'kissed" a girl on the hand.  I could go on and on but the point is, we must get back to using some good old fashioned "common sense".  Our children deserve it. We deserve it.  The United States of America needs it. Allowing this inherent trait to blossom could very well help us turn back on the road that is leading us all to a place called "nothing".

July 18, 2014

Another Attempt to Break Down the Doors of the Confessional

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson

The Sacrament of Penance is a magnificent gift we Catholics have been given and the beauty of its effectiveness is encapsulated into what is known as the Seal of Confession.  Anyone who goes to confession has the absolute certainty that whatever he or she confesses to the priest will NEVER,  no matter what, leave that confessional.  Confession is between the penitent and Christ.  The priest represents Christ and is able to talk to the penitent, advise and counsel them, or simply listen to them.  When the person is finished confessing the priest asks that person to say an "Act of Contrition".  This is when the person expresses their sorrow for the sins they have confessed.  Then the priest imparts Absolution .  It is one of the most beautiful prayers there is and this is where God is called upon to give pardon to the sinner.

 Not all judges, politicians and lawyers are secularists; but there are many who are.  It seems that many of these folks are ideologically bent and have become true Machiavellians (people that believe that the "end justifies the means").  Forget "Natural Law",  cast out common sense, trash the Ten Commandments, because none of that matters anymore.  As long as the needs of those demanding "change" are satisfied we have attained "virtue". This is "hogwash" but the Supreme Court of Louisiana thinks differently.  It has ruled that  Father Jeff Bayhi, a priest for 35 years, a man who has served the poor and downtrodden and worked hand in hand with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, may have to testify about an "alleged" confession.

Apparently, a girl who was 14 in 2008, says she went to confession to Father Bayhi at the time and told him that she was abused by a now dead parishioner.  The girl's parents sued Father Bayhi and the Diocese of Baton Rouge for failing to report the abuse. The parents won their case in district court which said that Father Bayhi must testify.  Louisiana's First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision but then the State Supreme Court once again sided with the parents.  The state's highest court said that Father Bayhi may be subject to "mandatory reporting" laws regarding sexual abuse and cannot invoke the privilege of "confidentiality".  There you have it;  the "virtue of secularism".  It is not enough to have this young woman, who is now 20 years old, tell the police and state's attorneys her story.  It is not enough to have years of  the documentation on hand that is required to even pursue the case.  The accused abuser is dead.  SO--let's get the priest to violate the "Seal of the Confessional".  The accused abuser never confessed and, even if that were the case, the Seal of the Confessional is inviolate. The priest is bound to silence, silence forever.

Our nation is founded under the Judeo-Christian principle which is followed by Natural Law.  Our First Amendment guarantees Freedom of Religion.  A foundational doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, which has been in effect for two thousand years and is part of a Sacrament instituted by Christ Himself, mandates that the "Seal of Confession"  is absolute and inviolable.  A priest must NEVER break the Seal.  He cannot even admit that someone went to confession to him.  No-one, not even the Pope himself, can mandate a priest violate this oath.  The priest would have to suffer the civil and criminal consequences, even death if necessary, rather than betray this most sacred of trusts.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge explained in their statement that, "a priest is under the gravest of obligations NOT to reveal the contents of a confession or if the confession even took place.  He cannot do so even under threat of imprisonment or civil penalty, and incurs automatic excommunication if he breaks the "seal of confession".  The Church takes this pretty serious, don't you think?

The secular world has grown not only intrusive into the world of Catholicism but it has become overly obnoxious, nasty, vitriolic and downright hateful.  Under the banner of "virtue" secularism honors abortion, euthanasia and sexual promiscuity as a right and a necessity akin to breathing and eating and sleeping.  These secularists, some who claim to be Catholic, support these behaviors and are against any kind of "moral" boundaries.  Sadly, many court decisions support their beliefs.  One thing they need to understand--they can NEVER nullify, invalidate or strike down the magnificence and profound power of the "Seal of Confession". Do not be surprised if this case winds up in the United States Supreme Court.

July 16, 2014

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi: Let's All Pray to the "Prison Angel" (Mother Antonia) to Help Him

"IT MAKES SENSE TO ME" 

by Larry Peterson

We Catholics talk to, request help from, ask of, beseech, and sometimes even plead with our honored dead for their help in certain situations.  This is also known as praying.  We  believe that praying to the saints and asking for their help with a problem is perfectly okay.  We pray to them to help the sick, to assist those out of work in finding a job, for the poor, our friends and family, help with finances, and for all sorts of things over which we feel we have no control.  We believe that  since they are in heaven and have God's ear, they can put in a "good word" for us.  It is like we are having our request hand-delivered to God Himself by one of His special people.  The saints are our friends in heaven and  they are always ready to help us out.  WE just have to ask. Trust me, it works, it really does.  If you are non-catholic and think we are a bit whacky, so be it.  This is a FAITH thing and you can take a look here for more information about our saints.

Anyway, I am sending out this plea that everyone might pray (Catholic  and non-Catholics too) to Mother Antonia Brenner (click on her name),  a lady who is known as the "Prison Angel".  The prayers are for the well-being and  quick release of  Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the American Marine held prisoner in Mexico since March 31 of this year.  His crime: he made a wrong turn and crossed the Mexican border. (Click his name to see his story).

The United States government has made little, if any, effort, to secure the young man's release.  Sergeant Tahmooressi has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has been wounded in action and suffers from PTSD.  Fox News'  Greta Van Susteren has been waging a ongoing battle reporting about this over and over, seemingly to no avail.  She has even made trips to the border crossing, driven it herself and shown how easy it is to wind up in Mexico purely by mistake.  Over 150,00 people have signed petitions to gain his release yet the Mexican government refuses to so much as acknowledge we Americans. This is a disgrace. So I thought---we all need to pray to Mother Antonia. Time for us to call on the "Prison Angel".

Mother Antonia Brenner was born in Beverly Hills, California in 1926.  Her name was Mary Clarke. She was married and divorced twice and raised seven children while living in Beverly Hills.  She said that in 1969 she had a dream that she was at Calvary about to be executed when Jesus appeared to her.  He told her He was going to take her place. She touched Him on the cheek and told Him she would never leave Him no matter what might happen to her.  It was this dream that set her on a journey devoting her life to Christ and His Church.

Mary Clarke began her ministry by delivering  medicine, clothing, blankets and  food to La Mesa Prison in Tijuana, one of the worst prisons in Mexico.  In 1977, after her kids were grown, she received permission and moved into La Mesa  (the same prison Sgt. Tahmooressi was sent to).   As an older, divorced woman she was unable to join any religious order. So she made her own makeshift habit and began working on her own.  This led to her  founding the Eudist Servants of the Eleventh Hour, an order for older women who had a calling to a vocation later in life.  Eventually approval for her order was given by the Church.  Mother Antonia lived in La Mesa, in a cell, just like the prisoners, and she lived there for over thirty five years.

Through the years Mother Antonia, who became known as "La Mama" and "The Prison Angel",  ministered to thousands of inmates holding the faces of many of the dying in her hands just as she had promised Jesus in her dream. She stopped riots, worked with the sick and dying and lived her life in poverty, a far cry from the life of the well-to-do Beverly Hills socialite she had been.  Mother Antonia passed away on October 17, 2013. She was 86. I believe that one day she will be canonized a saint.  In my heart of hearts I know she has attained her heavenly reward and that now, Jesus,  holds her face in His hands.

Anyway, that is the reason I thought that maybe we should ask Mother Antonia  to help get Sgt. Tahmooressi released.  He is imprisoned in the world she devoted her life to.  She understands what he is going through.  So I ask that you choose your own way of praying and ask Mother  to ask God to keep Andrew safe and healthy and that he experience the love of God in his life and FEEL the prayers of so many of his fellow Americans wanting him to be set free.  Prayer is the most powerful weapon to secure kindness and justice that we possess.  Time to use as much of that weapon as we can.  Mother Antonia, we all ask you to help Andrew in his struggle to be free. Please pray for him.  He needs all the help he can get. Amen.

         Mother Antonia